Wagin Shire chief executive Len Calneggia, Morton Seed and Grain Merchants director Jonnie Morton, O’Connor Liberals candidate Rick Wilson, MLC Jim Chown, Senator Chris Back and shire president Phillip Blight at the information session.AN INFORMATION session was held on Monday for community members wishing to find out more about the proposed Wagin Integrated Food Fibre Processing Hub (WIFFPH).
Held at the Eric Farrow Pavilion, about 40 people turned out to learn more about the three-phase operation, which will include a desalination unit, a cogeneration power station and an inland aquaculture system.
Master of ceremonies for the day Danielle Perrie of WIFFPH said she was happy with the discussion and questions that were generated by the session.
The information session was opened by shire president Phil Blight, who welcomed the audience, consortium partners and visiting politicians Senator Christopher Back, MLC Jim Chown and O’Connor Liberals candidate Rick Wilson.
Regenerate Industries managing director Karne de Boer then presented a detailed business case, including how the process works and the potential investment opportunities through the aquaculture component.
Mr de Boer was pleased with how the session went and said Senator Back was particularly enthusiastic, pledging his support of the project in the Senate.
A $4 million grant through round two of the Australian government initiative Regional Development Australia Fund was applied for in mid-February and a decision is due by the end of May.
Federal Member for O’Connor Tony Crook is pushing for the approval of the project.
“It is a unique and visionary proposal by the Shire of Wagin that will lead to the creation of new jobs, the generation of renewable energy, the reduction of waste water and the attraction of new industry to the region,” he said.
“The Wagin food and fibre hub will diversify the regional economy creating a more sustainable community in regional WA.”
The WIFFPH will be located near Morton’s Seed and Grain Merchants and will aim to produce 125 tonnes of barramundi in its first year of operation.
For more information on the proposal including investment opportunities email Danielle Perrie at [email protected]南京夜网.au.